Blame me for the BP oil spill


I’m to blame for the BP oil spill.

Actually, chances are you share the blame too. While I didn’t do anything to cause the oil spill that is threatening gulf coast shores, estuaries and wildlife I do use oil and oil-based products every day. I drive 20 miles to the nearest DART station then use DART light rail to get to downtown Dallas. I paid for the ride using a credit card and walk to the office on shoes with rubber soles. Then I drink coffee that had to be shipped in on boats and/or trucks and type on a keyboard made of plastic while looking at two different computer monitors. That’s all before 7:15 am.

Let’s face it, the broken rig that is causing the oil to spill into the gulf wouldn’t be there if I, we, the USA, the world, didn’t have an insatiable appetite for oil. Gasoline/fuel is one of the major users of oil that we all know about. However, there are far more oil-based products we use. A random sampling is below.

  • Guitar strings
  • Shoes
  • Golf bags
  • Dentures
  • Candles
  • Credit cards
  • Aspirin
  • Footballs
  • Food preservatives
  • Shampoo
  • Lipstick
  • Electric blankets
  • Ammonia
  • Pillows

I’m not calling for a boycott of oil-based products or anything like that, just taking an introspective view on the mess that is happening in the Gulf.

3 Responses to “Blame me for the BP oil spill”

  1. Micah Caswell Says:

    All of those things are good things. We should not think we should spiritual repent of using aspirin. We should also not naively argue that if we only quit using shampoo then we would be good stewards of the Earth. The reality is that oil is a tremendously diverse product that has brought much good to the world. We should just keep working to make the process safer and cheaper. We should continue to look for other forms of energy. We should recognize that if we are dependent upon militant Muslim countries for oil that we will put ourselves and even our lives at risk. I am thankful for all the products we have that oil has enabled us to have.

  2. rand Says:

    No doubt, oil-based products improve and save lives every day. You are also right that we need to look for various forms of energy while extracting oil in a safe way.

  3. Virgina Seman Says:

    Awesome website you did! I’m sure you guys are willing to have a look at our community!

    Lots of jobs have been lost during these tough times our community might help to get new great jobs

    Catch you later!

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